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Colourful designs by Kokomi

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By Ben OBrien in New Design on Saturday 17 March 2012

Some people are good with colour. Some people are amazing with colour. And some people take colour to a whole other level. For me, Kokomi fit in the last group. I adore their playful and wild ways, breathing unlimited fresh air into the under-inflated design world.

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The AlleyCats: an illustration project by Ben O’Brien

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By Ben OBrien in New Illustration on Saturday 17 March 2012

Last year I worked on a personal project called The AlleyCats. Each cat character is based on a particular type of creative person that I have been inspired by in my career. Due to popular demand, the six most popular characters are now available as art prints.

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Earth Movement: artists and kids collaborate

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By Ben OBrien in New Art on Friday 16 March 2012

Curated by California’s finest art blogger, Jeremy Brautman, the Earth Movement art show brought together art and toy legends from around the world and paired them with kids. Yep, actual kids, to collaborate on some of the sweetest art pieces you’ll ever find. Now on sale.

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Muirside: a new font by Steven Bonner

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By Ben OBrien in New Design on Tuesday 13 March 2012

Steven Bonner has been producing striking typography for some time, but this is his first full font to be available, based on an old school lettering stencil. It’s up there with my favourite fonts of recent years.

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Linocut print by John C Thurbin

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By Ben OBrien in New Art on Tuesday 13 March 2012

The most recent single image to blow my mind is this linocut print by John C Thurbin. IT’S LINOCUT! When I consider my own linocut efforts, they involve messy scratchy nonsense and a loss of blood. The detailing on Thurbin’s print is incredible.

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Hand-carved wooden spoons and slingshots

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By Ben OBrien in New Products on Tuesday 13 March 2012

This is one of the most exciting ventures I’ve seen in the past year. Illustrator Andrew Groves has turned his creativity to the forest he lives in and has started producing beautiful hand-carved wooden spoons and slingshots.

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Brilliant animated ad for Kraken Black Spiced Rum

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By Ben OBrien in Video on Tuesday 13 March 2012

I found this on Vimeo last week, a brilliant animated ad for Kraken Black Spiced Rum. The design work and animation is second-to none, and somehow very cleverly within 30 seconds, you’re ready to sit back and taste some of that darkness straight from the bottle.

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